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  • Creator:

    Fenton, Roger (1819-1869)

  • Date:

    c. 1857

  • Description:

    An albumen print photograph entitled 'Gallery with Discobolus, British Museum', taken by Roger Fenton c. 1857.

    This Roman sculpture of a discus thrower was normally on display in the Greco-Roman Saloon but in 1857 it was closed for redecoration. It is photographed here in the Assyrian Transept of the Museum, with the statues and carvings of the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery in the background. In 1853 The British Museum asked Fenton to document parts of their collection, and establish a photographic studio in the museum as their official photographer.